Title: COCKROACH - Rare Fine Copy of The First ...
Publisher: Toronto, Canada: House Of Anansi Press, 2008
Book Condition: As New
Dust Jacket Condition: As New
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. Signed. 305 pages. Published in 2008. The author's second novel. One of the most beautifully written novels of our time. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions, particularly the American Softcover Edition. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Rawi Hage's "Cockroach". An audaciously and daringly non-commercially titled novel. For the Canadian-immigrant writer who spent his formative years in war-torn Lebanon, "Cockroach" is autobiography-as-allegory (of the human condition). "In Montreal's restless immigrant community, our unnamed narrator is living in despair. Forced to visit a therapist after a suicide attempt, he brings us back to his childhood in a war-torn country, forward into his current life in the smoky emigre cafes where everyone has a tale, and out into the frozen nighttime streets of Montreal, where he imagines himself to be a cockroach invading the lives of the privileged but willfully blind citizens who surround him. A carnivalesque, philosophical novel that weaves dark humor with an accusatory, satirical voice, spawning from the sub-surface to challenge humanity" (Publisher's blurb). Kafka in North America. An absolute "must-have" title for Rawi Hage collectors. This copy is very prominently, wittily, and beautifully signed and inscribed in black ink-pen on the title page by the author: "All the best. Hope you enjoy 'Cockroach' without its infestation, Rawi Hage". It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. The recipient is named, and is unmistakably known to the author. This title is a contemporary classic. This is the single best signed copy of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing we have ever seen, is available online, and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. The more a writer leaves of himself (by way of a unique inscription) on a particular copy, the more collectible and valuable the latter is, not the other way around. A rare signed copy thus. One of the most brilliant writers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER RAWI HAGE TITLE IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0887842097. Bookseller Inventory # 18527
A bold, razor-sharp novel about a shadowy antihero navigating Montreal?s immigrant underworld.One of the most highly anticipated novels of the year, Cockroach is as urgent, unsettling, and brilliant as Rawi Hage?s critically acclaimed first book, De Niro?s Game. The novel takes place during one month of a bitterly cold winter in Montreal?s restless immigrant community, where a self-described ?thief? has just tried but failed to commit suicide by hanging himself from a tree in a local park. Rescued against his will, the narrator is obliged to attend sessions with a well-intentioned but naive therapist. This sets the story in motion, leading us back to the narrator?s violent childhood in a war-torn country, forward into his current life in the smoky émigré cafés where everyone has a tale, and out into the frozen nighttime streets of Montreal, where the thief survives on the edge, imagining himself to be a cockroach invading the lives of the privileged, but willfully blind, citizens who surround him.
From the Back Cover:
Praise for Cockroach:
?[A] dark and uncompromising vision. [Cockroach] offers a version of an émigré underground which is original, raw and brave.??Colm Toibin
?A dark Dostoevskian fable, which lowers the reader into the sewers of immigrant Montreal to confront an underground world teeming with sex, crime and greedy insectoid life.??Hari Kunzru
?Searing, affecting, misanthropic.??Mohsin Hamid
?Most fiction writers are primarily either stylists or plotters, but Hage is clearly both. There?s a slight jolting sensation as the narrative shifts gear from poetic to cinematic, with guns and knives and elaborately contrived set-ups replacing the earlier evocations of drains and flesh and wintry streets, but it?s all managed with great brio and expertise.??James Lasdun, The Guardian
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